McDonald’s Coming Soon?
The sign was patterned off of a box of McDonald’s french fries!
Visitors to the History Center lately have probably delighted in viewing the many historic signs hanging from its outside walls. Projects like this can be challenging but are rewarding when visitors give us positive feedback. Or not: some have pointedly asked: “What is that McDonald’s Coming Soon sign doing up there??”
The answer to this question was so intriguing that there was an article published in the April 15, 2021 Carmel Pine Cone that told the real story of why the sign was first put up in the Village and why. It then became even more interesting when a follow-up article was published in the April 29 Pine Cone after one of the original perpetrators fessed up to their trickery – both articles are worth a look and are attached to this post.
30 minutes. Jeff Ohlson of the Carmel Valley Historical Society gives an overview of the history of Carmel Valley’s Cachagua Fire Department. This presentation takes you from its formative days of the mid-1970s to present. The presentation includes the history of the department’s founders and directors, its volunteer firefighters and their rigorous training, their fire vehicles, its legendary fundraising and community support, and major fire incidents.
We are happy to share with you the results of our latest endeavor – a Virtual Tour of the History Center!
Great news! All of the Historical Society’s old newsletters have now been added to the “Newsletter Archives” page (click on News -> Newsletter Archives).
A comprehensive history of the department recounts its early days to present. It includes many photos of volunteers in training or during actual emergencies.
Now for the first time you can download a full 56-page file of the Centennial Newspaper for your enjoyment. This rare issue contains many historical articles about Carmel Valley, such as: Ranching, Native Indians, noteworthy families, old schools, Valley Library service history, fire departments, churches, parks, and much more.